Lovely wood. Is it swiss pear? Keep up the great work.Dear Friends
Today was devoted entirely to planking which meant that progress was S - L - O - W. Still scratching my head about how to go about doing the side planking, I decided to tackle the "deck" portion first. Now it was the turn of the planking braces at the bow to be glued into position followed by the planking of the two foremost compartments at the bow.
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With the front two compartments covered the "fish tank" will be left uncovered to provide some contrast and depth to what is essentially a "flat" boat. This is where we are now.
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Not being able to escape the dreaded side planking any longer I turned my attention to try and figure out a way of two separate planks following the same curvature with no bulkhead as guide. Section by section, I glued the edges of the two planks together with CA. When I more or less had what looked like one plank in the middle (in the unsupported area) I very gently started securing the whole thing to the bulkheads at the stern and bow. When all of that was done, I cut a brace which I glued to the inside of the planking to provide extra support to the middle-joint of the two planks. After that everything was clamped and left to dry.
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I'm reasonably happy with how that turned out, but the acid test is going to be to see the planks bends. At the bottom of the plank it is still not secured to the bulkheads, s tomorrow I will have to bend it into position to glue the bottom edge to the bulkheads.
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Thank you all for your interest and for watching.